Editors' Picks of Pharmaceutical Science & Technology Innovations
The drug industry has greatly evolved through the years, but tablets still make up the majority of its products. From the beginning, companies have conveyed and compacted powdered ingredients to create this dosage form. Over time, tablet configurations have evolved to accommodate multiple layers and potent ingredients. This month's products show how manufacturing equipment has developed along with the dosage form. A granulator from GEA Pharma Systems has been adapted to provide containment. Glove boxes from Labconco can be cleaned thoroughly and quickly. David Round's lift tables can be adjusted to appropriate ergonomic heights.
High-shear granulator provides containment
The UltimaPro machine also accommodates process analytical technology by performing torque measurement to help operators determine the endpoint of the granulation process. The unit can be equipped with other real-time-release monitoring tools, such as the GEA LightHouse probe. This probe is a process interface for fiber-optic techniques (e.g., near-infrared spectroscopy) that allows users to clean the in-process window at any time.
Lift tables incorporate protected hydraulic packages
Glove boxes provide operator protection
In addition, operators can clean Protector glove boxes quickly, thus reducing the time it takes to change between potent materials. After 5 min of glove box air-volume dilution at 85 fpm, a perimeter scan detected an average tracer-gas level of 0.05 ppm, according to Bob Applequist, a product manager at Labconco. The glove boxes' design thus helps ensure user protection.
The units' liquid crystal microprocessor display enables the real-time monitoring of air-volume dilution rates in cubic feet/min and air changes/min. The display also measures the main chamber's static pressure in inches of water. An audible and visible alarm trips when airflow or pressure is below selectable air-pressure limits.